Doesn’t it just make sense to eat, train, and rest the way our ancestors did? And by ancestors I don’t mean your grand parents. Or even your great, great, grandparents. I mean the barefoot, spear carrying, hunter-gatherer who thrived despite – or rather because of – the unpredictability of all of his basic needs.
Mark Sisson has a name for this hunter-gatherer archetype. And his name is Grok. Grok is the centerpiece of the most common sense oriented health and fitness book I have ever read, “The Primal Blueprint”. A lot of you may be familiar with Mark’s blog (marksdailyapple.com). His new book showcases the same theories as his blog in a simple, and easy to understand format.
Although the principles outlined in “The Primal Blueprint” make sense on that gut level that you just know is right, Mark takes the time to back things up with science and statistics. I particularly appreciated the explanation of why eating carbohydrate rich foods (bread, pasta, potatoes, etc.) leads to unwanted gains in body fat. As Mark writes, it’s all about insulin, and his explanation is clear without being bogged down in scientific jargon.
My favorite part of the book is Chapter 2 where Mark compares how Grok likely spent his day to how the modern Mr. and Mrs. Korg (Grok spelled backwards) spend their day. Backed by statistics with the sources documented in the chapter endnotes, Mark describes a life of long commutes, excessive digital entertainment, poor dietary and exercise habits, and extensive prescription drug use for the Korgs. Having done my time in the white collar and cubicle world, I nodded in agreement the whole time I read Mark’s description of the average human existence in modern western society.
But there is a better way – and The Primal Blueprint is the better way.
The Primal Blueprint is a list of ten laws that if followed ensure optimum health and fitness. As intuitive as the laws of The Primal Blueprint are, they can be boiled down to one simple question. When faced with a choice about what do eat or how to train, all you need to do is ask yourself, “What would Grok do?”
I give Mark Sisson’s “The Primal Blueprint” my highest recommendation! Mark is a hell of a guy, and his book will inspire you to make some serious changes in your life.
If you’ve read the book already, what do you think? Leave a comment below Im interested in hearing your thoughts…
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